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Super Seal 26

Brief Notes

Builder

John Baker / Parker Yachts

The Ron Holland designed Super Seal 26 is a high performance small cruiser/racer with very shallow draught for beaching or using tidal moorings, and good accommodation

Length OA

26' 0"

Sail Area

406 sq ft

Length WL

23' 4"

Rig

Fractional sloop

Beam

9' 3"

Cabins

2

.Draught

1' 3" to 5' 6"

Berths

5

Displacement

5,000 lbs

Engine type

inboard diesel

Ballast

2,251 lbs

Engine bhp

6 - 10

Keel type

Lifting fin

The Super Seal 26 is a modern-styled lifting keel fast cruiser, designed by Ron Holland, of Kinsale in Ireland, at the time one of the most successful small racing yacht designers. With a deep, high-aspect ratio drop keel, and an efficient 7/8 fractional sloop rig, she offers excellent sailing performance plus the ability to use drying moorings, and well-fitted, comfortable accommodation for up to five.

In December 2000 "Sailing Today" magazine listed the Super Seal as one of the "top five used boats of the year", along with some old favourites such as the Contessa 32 and Elizabethan 30. Their review gave it five stars for performance, and four for accommodation, which they described as ".... much better than you would expect in such a fast boat."

The lifting keel is a steel plate with GRP mouldings at the sides providing an aerofoil shape. The keel itself is relatively light with most of the ballast inside the hull under the cabin sole.


As a guide to her performance, the RYA quote a Portsmouth Number of 976, making her faster than a Contessa 32, and also faster than many 34 foot cruising yachts.

Super Seals were originally built by John Baker Ltd., of Kenton Forge in Devon, builders of the smaller Seal 22 cruiser and Otter dinghies. In 1981 the design and moulds were purchased by Parker Yachts of Poole, and production continued for a time as the Parker Super Seal. The basic design was updated eventually to become the Parker 27, which used the same hull moulding, and the Parker 275 and then Parker 285 which were bult from a new, larger moulding.

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Whilst not a yacht one would choose for ocean passage-making, the Super Seal 26 is well able to cope with cross-channel or similar offshore passages.

The Super Seal 26 has five berths, although she would be definitely be a little cramped if cruised by five adults. She is ideal for a couple, or a family with one or two children - for whom the ability to dry out on a beach is a major asset.

To port settee there is the galley and a settee berth, and the quite narrow passageway to the forecabin, which has a hanging locker. The aft end of the central keel box extends into the saloon, and a removable table can be fitted to this. To starboard of the central keel box is the doorway to the heads (door closed).


Cabin headroom is about 5' 8" maximum.

Super Seals are genuinely high performance yachts for the size, and as a result have slightly less headroom and interior space than most other 26 foot yachts built today. Nevertheless the interior is practical and comfortable for coastal cruising. They are quite sought after, as an unusual combination of very shallow draught, and excellent sailing performance.

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